NCD…value vs. appreciation…thoughts…

4 12 2006

I’ve been reading and re-reading this post (blog) for several days because I wanted it to kind of internalize in me…perhaps you won’t find much here, hopefully you will though. The blog is below, but first a reminder from NCD….


Our weakest area indicated in the NCD survey is “Gift-Oriented Ministry” (GOM) – if you recall from the handout I gave you recently, there are 4 components to GOM. One of those areas is called “Significance of Ministry” – it simply means…do people feel joy in their service or is it an obligation. If you’ll also recall it was 1 of the 5 sub-areas that we had, in fact it was the 2nd weakest area we had (scoring only 29 – “Support for GOM” was the 1st weakest area w/26).


Here’s the blog post I’ve been pondering…

Appreciation Versus Value

By Tony Morgan

by John Keim, Guest Blogger

When it comes to taking care of staff, leaders or volunteers, the things we do typically fall into one of two categories.  The first category is when we show others appreciation.  Appreciation is usually temporary, it’s something that’s earned, and it’s focused on what’s been done; typically for me or for my ministry.  There is nothing necessarily wrong with appreciation; it often does a great job encouraging others, but it typically fades after a short while.


The second category is when we instill in others that they are valued.  Value is something that’s ongoing.  It’s focused on the person and not what’s been done by the person.  When others feel that they are valued it inspires them and tends to last longer than appreciation alone.


Appreciation is something that I think still needs to happen.  We still need to do those things that let others know that they’re doing a great job and that we are thankful for what they’re doing.  But if we want our leaders, staff and volunteers to become even more empowered, we need to begin instilling value in them.  It goes beyond the quick pat on the back and it is more than the mass thank you letter.  Letting others know that they are valued can be tricky because there is no one way to do this for everyone because everyone feels valued differently.  Although it can be difficult there is nothing greater for creating loyal, empowered, creative and committed leaders than letting them know that they are valued.


This relates directly to an area of our weakness (GOM). My hope is that we each are able to identify what “adds value” to those who serve Christ and serve His church through their ministry. I decided about 5 years ago on a goal of “adding value” to people – although no where close to having perfected it, I’m beginning to understand what it means in a better way. I hope you’ll think about this blog post the next time you thank someone – appreciation is good, but it only goes so far…it would be far better to figure out exactly what will make them feel valued. Until the time that we each figure out what that is (and it’s different for everyone), continue to thank and appreciate them…then once you’ve figured it out, move to valuing them.




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